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Where Coffee, Conversation, and Theology Meet. During my 35+ years in ministry, I’ve developed an increasing burden for what I sense to be an increase in biblical illiteracy, not only among those in our churches but also in the young men and women entering the ministry. Conversely, I am hopeful, because I also sense a hunger from people to learn and know biblical truth and the things of God as revealed to us in Scripture. Our Kitchen Table Theology team has developed a list of 100 doctrinal topics which I, along with my co-host Jen Denton, will examine weekly over 15 to 20 minutes. My goal is to educate and share biblical truth on the same level as if you and I were sitting at your kitchen table with a Bible and a pot of southern pecan coffee in front of us. Welcome to the table!
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In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton are continuing their talk about The Holy Spirit and the incredible things that the Holy Spirit does in the lives of believers.This is Part 3 of a series that will cover how the Holy Spirit gives us the power and capacity for sharing our faith and capacity for ministry.[00:01 - 08:05] Opening SegmentJen talks about the topic of today’s episode and reviews from the previous episodes.Pastor Jeff talks about how the Holy Spirit gives us the capacity, burden, and direction to witness and share our faith. Jen and Pastor Jeff breaks down the Scripture of Acts 1:8.Pastor Jeff talks about how the Holy Spirit works in the Old and New testament. [08:06 - 13:00] The Capacity for MinistryJen talks about the significance of our relationship with Christ and the provision of Christ.The Holy Spirit gives us the capacity to do ministry.SHAPE (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences)The variety of spiritual gifts in us is to be used by the Holy Spirit. [13:01 - 20:20] The Spiritual GiftsPastor Jeff breaks down the understanding about spiritual gifts in us.The difference between our abilities and our spiritual gifts. Sense of humility Walk by means and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit.[20:21 - 23:23] Closing SegmentJen talks about the topic of the next episode.Thank you for listening.  Please share this podcast with your friends and family.Jen talks about the episode’s show notes to help you dive deeper into the doctrine and theology within the Christian faith.Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.Tweetable Quotes:“No matter what your social standing profession or your lot in life is, we can be used by the Holy Spirit in very valuable roles in ministry, so God’s generosity can flow through you .” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“Abilities are channels to which gifts might be exercised, but the gifts are not specialties or techniques .” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“We minister to the degree that we allow the Spirit to works in us and through us .” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:Acts 1:81  peter 4:10Romans 12  Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!
Welcome to this bonus episode in which Pastor Jeff Cranston is going to suggest a few basic tools that you might want to use on a regular basis as you do your personal Bible study.Let’s dive into the episode and learn more about some Bible study tools.[00:01 - 04:34] Opening SegmentJen talks about the topic of today’s episode.Pastor Jeff gives a brief introduction to the Bible study tools.Developing a hunger for God's Word.Pastor Jeff talks about the analogy of a baby kangaroo.[04:35 - 09:50] Trustworthy and Understandable Translation BiblePastor Jeff talks about the story of a french philosopher, Voltaire. He shares the ironic twist of God’s providence.Pastor Jeff shares three valuable tools for new Christians to study the Bible.Trustworthy and understandable translation Bible.Get a well-bound copy of the Bible to be your constant companion.The Zondervan New American Standard translation study Bible.Marginal reference note The Hebrew Greek-Keyword Study Bible, by AMG publishers. [09:51 - 12:04] Good ConcordancePastor Jeff talks about the meaning of concordance.Pastor Jeff talks about the concordance at the back of the Bible.They tend to be translation specific. Every great concordance is found online, and they are available for free. [12:05 - 16:00] Good CommentaryPastor Jeff explains what a Bible Commentary is.The Bible commentator gives us details that we do not have in the simple reading of Scriptures. Pastor Jeff talks about the various types of Bible commentaries.Critical, technical, or exegetical commentary.Expository commentaryDevotional commentary[16:01 - 17:17] Closing SegmentFinal words from Pastor Jeff.Tweetable Quotes:"A person whose life is really truly been transformed by Christ has the hunger for the word of God.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“Every great concordance is found online, and they are available for free.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:Episode 29 Bonus Podcast The Zondervan new American standard translation study BibleThe Hebrew Greek-keyword study bibleHeinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole BibleThe Bible Exposition Commentary by Warren W. WiersbeYour Greatest Adventure by Pastor Jeff Cranston. Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!
In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton are continuing to talk about The Holy Spirit. Our discussion today is sponsored by Pastor Jeff’s book entitled "Happily Ever After". It is a book that Pastor Jeff wrote to help you to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Beatitudes to your life. You can grab a copy of this book at the link below.This is part 2 of a series that will cover the overarching things that the Holy Spirit does in the lives of God’s children today.[00:01 - 07:44] Opening SegmentPastor Jeff talks about how the Holy Spirit baptizes us into Christ.The Holy Spirit baptizes us to become indwelled with the Holy Spirit of God and makes us members of the body of Christ.[07:45 - 14:39] Reproduces the Character of Jesus ChristThe Holy Spirit reproduces the character of Christ within us.Christ wants to replace the dominance of the human sin nature with His own nature within us.The Holy Spirit helps and gives us an understanding of the Word of God.Pastor Jeff talks about asking the Holy Spirit to answer our questions and give us wisdom in our everyday life. [14:40 - 21:19] Praying in the SpiritPastor Jeff talks about praying in the Spirit.The Holy Spirit gives power to our prayer, and it comes as we pray in the spirit.Pastor Jeff breaks down the meaning of praying in the spirit. [21:20 - 27:00] Worship in The SpiritPastor Jeff talks about the role of The Holy Spirit in our worship. A  genuine worship ties to a dynamic fellowship with the holy spirit.Pastor Jeff breaks down the meaning of true worship that flows out of love for God.[27:01 - 29:53] Closing SegmentThank you for listening! Please share this podcast with your friends and family.Jen talks about the episode’s show notes to help you dive deeper into the doctrine and theology within the Christian faith.Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.Tweetable Quotes:"The baptizing work of The Holy Spirit may be defined as that work we're by the spirit places to believer into Union with Christ and into Union with other believers in the body of Christ.” - Paul P Enns.“Praying in the spirit is praying according to the spirit leading and what the spirit leads us to pray for.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:Galatians 4:19John 14:261 Corinthians 2:10Jude 1:20Ephesians 6:18Romans 8:26Philippians 3:3Ephesians 5:18-20Happily Ever After by Pastor Jeff CranstonThe Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul P EnnsThe Spirit-Filled Life by Charles F. Stanley Handbook on the Holy Spirit by Robert Kuglin Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church.Check-in with us on Facebook and Instagram.
In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton are continuing to talk about The Holy Spirit and what He does in the lives of God's children today.  Our discussion today is brought to you by Pastor Jeff’s book entitled, "Happily Ever After". It is a book that Pastor Jeff wrote to help you to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beatitudes to your life. You can grab a copy of this book at the link below. [00:01 - 05:50] Opening SegmentJen talks about the topic of today’s episode.Pastor Jeff talks about the definition of The Holy Spirit throughout his life journey.The Holy Spirit is a person; far more than being an impersonal force of power, He is just as real and alive as you and I. [05:51 - 12:55] The Conviction Work Pastor Jeff talks about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in theological terminology.The convincing work: a narrow work because not everyone is going to experience it.The conviction work of sin and righteousness.The Holy Spirit will use a specific Bible passage and someones’ testimony.The conviction is the work of The Holy Spirit, not us. [12:56 - 19:45]The Restrainer of Sins in The WorldPastor Jeff talks about the work of the Holy Spirit in restraining sins in the world.Jen talks about our new Youtube channel, called Jeff Cranston.Pastor Jeff talks about the restraining work of the Holy Spirit.Sometimes God does allow people to live unrestrained. [19:46 - 24:35]The Regeneration Work Pastor Jeff talks about the work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating us to new life.The new life in Christ is given to us by the Holy Spirit.Pastor Jeff talks about the difference between the conversion and the renewal of life.Pastor Jeff talks about the work of the Holy Spirit within the congregation.[24:36 - 27:18] Closing SegmentJen gives the review and recap of today's discussion.Thank you for listening.  Please share this podcast with your friends and family.Jen talks about the episode’s show notes to help you dive deeper into the doctrine and theology within the Christian faith.Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.Tweetable Quotes:“The Holy Spirit is a person, far more than being an impersonal force of power and just as real and alive like you and I. ” - Jen Denton."Letting your conscience be your guide is horrific theology, but the Holy Spirit may speak.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“The power and the principle restrainer (The Holy Spirit) is greater than the power of Satan.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:John 16:8-112 Thessalonians 2: 6-7Romans 1Titus 3:5 Matthew 19:28Happily Ever After by Pastor Jeff CranstonJoin the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!
In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton are beginning the new series on the Doctrine of Pneumatology: the study of the Holy Spirit.Today we will primarily discuss the Indwelling Work of The Holy Spirit.This new series will cover the topics of the spirit’s indwelling work, His baptizing work, filling work, and His empowering work. [00:01 - 05:00] Opening SegmentJen talks about the topic of today’s episode.Pastor Jeff breaks down the meaning of Pneumatology.Jen shares each topic in this season series.Pastor Jeff talks about some of the challenges in the study of the Holy Spirit amongst people these days.[05:01 - 17:29] The Indwelling Work Pastor Jeff breaks down the meaning of the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit.Pastor Jeff talks about the meaning of the gift of the Holy Spirit.Pastor Jeff unpack the meaning of Forever in John’s reference about the Holy Spirit.Are there any terms or conditions to the indwelling work?Pastor Jeff talks about the differences and changes between the Holy Spirit’s indwelling in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and today. [17:30 - 23:15] The Purpose and Function of The Holy SpiritPastor Jeff talks about the meaning of our body as the temple of The Holy Spirit.Pastor Jeff answers the question of “Why would God, The Holy Spirit, want to indwell in us?”Pastor Jeff breaks down the function and the purpose of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us.[23:16 - 25:08] Closing SegmentThank you for listening, and please share this podcast with your friends and family.Jen talks about the episode’s show notes to help you dive deeper into the doctrine and theology within the Christian faith.Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.Tweetable Quotes:“ The Holy Spirit is a gift that given to all believers in Jesus with no exception; no condition attaches to the Holy spirit except faith in Christ . ” - Pastor Jeff Cranston."The Indwelling work of the Holy Spirit means that God is taking up permanent residence in the heart of those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior .” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“Since the Pentecost, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, switch from being impermanent to permanent .” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:John 14:16John 7 Ephesian 1:13Galatians 3:2Romans 8:9Jude 1:19John 14Psalms 51:111 chronicle 12John 14:17Ephesians 1:13-14,30Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!
041 Q&A Episode

041 Q&A Episode

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In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton will be answering some theological questions that have been submitted by our audience to wrap up the series on Christology.If you are interested in learning about any specific theology topic to study, you can go back, check out the archive, and listen to previous episodes. [00:01 - 05:00] Opening SegmentJen talks about the topic of today’s episode.Question from Asher Auburn via Instagram: “ Is Jesus God? Did the biblical Jesus exist?”Pastor Jeff suggests to check out episode 35, titled ‘The Deity of Christ’, where we discuss this exact topic to answer the first question.Jen reminds us of how to connect or send us any questions and comments.See links below.[05:01 - 14:59] The Archaeological and Extrabiblical Evidence of Jesus.Pastor Jeff talks about the sources that explain the existence of Jesus.Check out the link to the article below.Pastor Jeff talks about the archaeological evidence about Jesus.Pastor Jeff shares some extra-biblical writings and passages from Jewish-Roman historians.Flavius JosephusTacitus [15:00 - 21:59] Does the Cultural and Time Differences matter?Question from Matthew via Instagram: “Since Jesus was on the earth for such a short time years ago, how does He relate to today’s’ day and time?”Time, culture, space, and ethnicity, or anything else that we have to deal with would not make any difference to Jesus; all of that would be superfluous to Him. [22:00 - 31:29] Jesus Physical AppearanceQuestion from Jen: “What do you think Jesus’ physical appearance looks like?”What he looked like is pretty elusive because the Bible doesn't describe Jesus physically.Pastor Jeff pieces together what we do know about Jesus.Jewish Galilean 30 year old man that did not stand out in any particular way physically.[31:30 - 33:23] Closing SegmentJen talks about the topic for the upcoming episode.Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.Tweetable Quotes:“ Time, culture, space and ethnicity or anything else that we have to deal with would not make any difference to Jesus, all of that would be superfluous to Him. ” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“What he looked like is pretty elusive because the Bible doesn't describe Jesus physically.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:The Bible Says Jesus Was Real. What Other Proof Exists? By Christopher KleinDid Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible by Lawrence MykytiukDid Jesus Exist? By Bart D. Ehrman15 Things Jesus Would Say to You if You Met Him for Coffee by Donna JonesJohn 4Isaiah 53:2Revelation 1: 14-151 John 3:2Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!
“Do not look to sin for comfort and relief but focus on the finish line and the comfort you will receive when you cross that.”In this episode, we are continuing our study on the Doctrine of Christology with Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton. Today we will be talking about The Return of Jesus Christ.  If you missed our previous episodes in this series, please go back and listen to episodes 35 to 39 on Christ's deity, His incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.[00:01 - 05:29] Opening SegmentWe talk about why the particular topic of  ‘The Return of Jesus Christ’ is a topic on which Christians seem to be very divided.Pastor Jeff talks about the different stages of the Christian church on their focus of the second coming of Jesus.Pastor Jeff shares some fun facts about the book of Acts.[05:30 - 11:34]  The Return of Jesus Christ Pastor Jeff talks about the timing and people’s predictions of when Jesus Christ will return.Pastor Jeff talks about how we should respond when we run into teaching about the second coming that may not be biblical.If we ignore any teaching of this topic, we fail to keep at the forefront of our thinking that Christ could return at any moment. Pastor Jeff talks about the stages of the return of Christ. [11:35 - 20:19] Being Prepared for The Return of ChristPastor Jeff talks about why the return of Christ should be what matters.Be prepared and ready for the return of Christ.Keep the focus on living for Him until the second coming.Facing the persecution along the journey and finishing it well.Pastor Jeff talks about the lack of holiness in the church today.[20:20 - 26:38] Closing SegmentWhere we stand in history related to the signpost of the return, which is significant, and it’s up to us to pick up the pace.Have a sense of anticipation to finish the race.Encourage one another with the Gospel concerning the return of Christ. Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.Tweetable Quotes:“There should be no need for radical changes in the life of the Christians if you are living in a state of readiness and preparation. ” - Pastor Jeff Cranston“Do not look to sin for comfort and relief but focus on the finish line and the comfort you will receive when you cross that” - Pastor Jeff Cranston“If we ignore any teaching of this topic, we fail to keep at the forefront of our thinking the imminent return of Christ.” - Pastor Jeff CranstonBible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:Acts 1:71 Thessalonians 4: 16 -18Luke 121 Peter1 Timothy 6:141 Peter 13Matthew 24:14Hebrew 10:25Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!
How would you answer if you were asked to explain the Ascension of Christ? Some people may argue that the Ascension, while it may not be THE foundational doctrine of our faith, is one of the anchors of our faith.  This episode is the part 5 of the 6-episode series where we study the doctrine of Christology with Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton. Today we will be talking about The Ascension of Jesus Christ.  If you missed our previous episodes, please go back and listen to episodes 35 to 38 on Christ's Deity, His Incarnation, and the Crucifixion and Resurrection.[00:01 - 05:03] Opening SegmentWe talk about each segment’s significant role in Christ deity’s doctrine, how they are tied together, and which doctrine is perhaps the most foundational of them all.Pastor Jeff gives us a brief introduction of The Ascension of Christ as the anchor of our faith.[05:04 - 11:59] The Ascension of JesusPastor Jeff talks about the anchor concept of Christ’s ascension in the Apostle’s Creed.The importance of the ascension based on Luke's gospel.The visualization of Christ’s ascension, according to His disciples.Pastor Jeff elaborates on what the ascension is all about and why it was necessary. [12:00 - 18:55] Post-Resurrection Ministry Pastor Jeff talks about the post-resurrection appearance of Jesus and His ascension.The ascension is the beginning of trinitarian worship.Pastor Jeff talks about commemorating the ascension and its celebration.Pastor Jeff shares a fun fact about the ascension day .[18:56 - 23:15] Closing SegmentPastor Jeff talks about the second coming of Jesus and its correlation with the ascension.Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.Tweetable Quotes:“ If Jesus had not ascended into heaven, He would not have sent the Holy Spirit to His followers ” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“ The second coming of Jesus is rooted in the reality of His ascension into heaven” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“ I find it most curious that the author of Hebrews regards the Ascension of Jesus as the anchor for our souls.” - Michael F. Bird. Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:The Apostles’ Creed Timothy 3:161 Petter 3:22Hebrew 4:14Luke 24:51Acts 1:9John 14 :16-17, 26John 15:26John 16:7What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed. By Michael F. Bird Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!
“If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world. If Jesus Christ is in the grave, then I don't see the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon.” Konrad Adenauer. This episode is part 4 of 5 episode where we study the doctrine of Christology with Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton. Today we will be talking about one of the most important and foundational aspects of Christianity: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  If you missed our previous episode, please go back and listen to parts 1,2, and 3 on episodes 35 to 37, where we talk about the deity, the incarnation, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.[00:01 - 05:19] Opening SegmentWe share the story of Konrad Adenauer’s strong declaration of faith when he had a conversation with Dr. Billy Graham about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.[05:20 - 15:17] The Key Components of the ResurrectionThe Resurrection means that Jesus is alive.The resurrection was the guarantee of the Father’s acceptance of the Sons’ work.Pastor Jeff talks about Jesus’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemani and the meaning of the cup.We talked about the resurrected body of Jesus Christ.His resurrected body was an eternal body that never to die again.Pastor Jeff talks about how we shall all see Jesus Christ one day based on the book of revelation. [15:18 - 21:04] The Resurrection was essential in God’s overall program for usPastor Jeff talks about the importance of His resurrection on God’s overall program for usThe resurrection fulfilled the prophecies.Pastor Jeff talks about what will the resurrected bodies of believers look like.[21:05 - 26:24] Closing SegmentPastor Jeff talks about the meaning of the resurrection of Christ for us today.“Jesus’s resurrection is the basis of our faith and victory over sins days by day.” - Dr. Dana Goodnough.Final words from Pastor Jeff and JenTweetable Quotes:“ Within the framework of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the validity of the Christian faith is determined ” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world. If Jesus Christ is in the grave, then I don't see the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon.” Konrad Adenauer. “The resurrected body of Jesus serves as the prototype of the resurrected body of believers..” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:1 Corinthians 15:17Matthew 26:39Luke 24:39Revelation 1:12-16John 16:13Psalms 16:10Revelation 1:51 Corinthians 15: 35 - 411 John: 3Romans 4:25Ephesians 1: 19 - 20The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul P EnnsThree-Minute Theology by Dana L. GoodnoughJoin the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
“Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is a farce, there was no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but a surgical operation.” - Oswald Chambers This episode is part 3 of 5 episodes where we study the doctrine of Christology with Pastor Jeff Cranston. Today we will tackle the question, “Why was Jesus’s death on the Cross so significant?.”  If you missed our previous episode, please go back and listen to parts 1 and 2 on episodes 35 and 36, where we talk about the deity and the incarnation of Jesus Christ.[00:01 - 05:00] Opening SegmentWe talk about the Show Notes of all our episodes.You can find scriptures referenced down below.We talk about a brief introduction of today’s topic, “The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.”The crucifixion is a means of showing extreme contempt for the condemned.[05:01 - 11:00] The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ Pastor Jeff shares the story of how the Romans used the crucifixion.Pastor Jeff explains and answers some questions about the reason why Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was so significant.His death has to be viewed in His relation to the whole plan of salvation.Pastor Jeff talks about the word ‘vicarious’ and what it means. [11:01 - 19:00] Bearing The CrossWhy some people and the devil wanted Jesus dead.Bearing your cross.What the Crucifixion means for us.The story of Joseph Damien.[19:01 - 23:15] Closing SegmentThe cross of Jesus reminds us that He came and dearly paid the price for our failure.Pastor Jeff talks about the physician's summary of what crucifixion did to the human body.The crucifixion, as horrible as it was, is the only way that gives us salvation.Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen.Tweetable Quotes:“ The significance of His death has to be viewed in His relation of the whole plan of salvation .” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“Jesus went to the cross willingly, with full knowledge of what it is going to cost Him, but He did it that our lives may be transformed and reformed” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“The crucifixion, as horrible as it was, is the only way that gives us salvation.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:Isaiah 53: 5-6Galatian 1:3-4John 10:7-8Matthew 16:25Galatians 2:201 Peter 3:18 My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambershttps://utmost.org/You can download a Free 30 day Devotional of ‘My Utmost For His Highest’ on the YouVersion Bible App https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/792-my-utmost-for-his-highest Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org.Visit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
The Incarnation of Jesus Christ changes everything..This episode is part 2 of 5 episodes where we study the doctrine of Christology with Pastor Jeff Cranston. If you missed our previous episode, please go back and listen to part 1 on episode 35, where we talk about the deity of Jesus Christ.[00:01 - 04:59] Opening SegmentWe talk about the Show Notes of our Podcast and many platforms where you can listen to our podcasts.We talk about a brief introduction of today’s topic, “The Incarnation of Jesus Christ.”[05:01 - 14:05] Christmas SeasonWe share our most memorable Christmas memories and family traditions.Pastor Jeff talks about his favorite Christmas hymn, ‘O come O come, Emmanuel.’We talk about how ‘O come O come, Emmanuel’ reflects and sums up what incarnation means [14:06 - 25:39] The Incarnation of Jesus ChristPastor Jeff talks about the definition of Incarnation Pastor Jeff talks about the three concepts of the Virgin ConceptionThe Incarnation of Jesus ChristThe human nature assumed by the divine SonThe virgin conception[21:30 - 25:39] The Humanity of Jesus ChristWe talk about the significance of the human name of Christ to stressing his humanity.Pastor Jeff talks about the meaning of the Son of David and Key of David.Pastor Jeff unpacked the claim of the incarnation; God the Son incarnate is utterly unique and alone, Lord and savior.[25:40 - 29:46] Closing SegmentThe recap of today’s episode;The Incarnation of Jesus Christ is an act of addition, not subtraction.The human nature assumed by the divine son is fully human and completely sinless.The virgin conception was the glorious means by which the incarnation took place.God the Son incarnate is utterly unique and alone, Lord and savior.Jesus had human namesIf you are still looking for the perfect Christmas gift, please consider Pastor Jeff’s book. You can find either or both at  jeffcranston.com, Amazon, and many more.See links below.Final words from Pastor Jeff and JenTweetable Quotes:“Jesus fully experiences the effect of living in our fallen world, but he never shared the guilt, nor the disposition of Adams’ sin that got passed on to us.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.“In Jesus, we truly meet God face to face in full undiminished glory.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:God the Son EpisodePhilippians 2: 6-8Romans 5The Moody Handbook of Theology book by Paul EnnsHappily Ever AfterYour Greatest AdventureJoin the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
It is vital to establish the doctrine of Christ’s deity as strongly as any truth that can be established.Welcome to Season 2 of The Kitchen Table Theology Podcast, where we will discuss biblical theology in an understandable way.  You will discover how to apply biblical truth to your life. In the next six episodes, your host Jen Denton and I, Pastor Jeff Cranston, will be discussing the theology or doctrine of Christology, the study of the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s dive into this episode as we will dig deeper about the deity of Jesus Christ. [00:01 - 04:00] Opening SegmentWelcome to the new season of The Kitchen Table Theology PodcastWe talk about a brief introduction of our today’s topic, “The Deity of Jesus Christ.”Pastor Jeff talks about understanding the word deity and the deity of Christ Why is our faith called ‘Christianity’ ?[04:01 - 11:00] The Deity of Jesus Christ Jen reads a quote from CS. Lewis’s book, Mere Christianity, about the deity of Jesus Christ.Pastor Jeff talks about how Jesus claimed himself to be God in the Scriptures and all of the divine characteristics He possesses :Eternity, Omnipresence, OmnipotenceHe talks about all of Christ’s miracles and power based on the New Testament.Pastor Jeff talks about the renouncing and proclaiming Christ’s deity by His disciples and followers. [11:01 - 14:50] The Question of Ages “Is Jesus God?”How we answer the question will determine the destiny of our soul.Jesus established that He is God by divine names (Ex. Lord, son of God, the word, etc.)He also established His deity through miracles.Pastor Jeff talks about and answers the question, “If Jesus is God, what difference does it make to our lives?”If Jesus is not God, we would not have salvation, nor Christianity.[14:51 - 16:46] Closing SegmentThe real power of Theology is not only knowing it but applying it.Final words from Pastor Jeff and JenTweetable Quotes:“It is really vital to establish the doctrine of Christ’s deity as strongly as any truth that can be established. ” -  Pastor Jeff Cranston“Christianity is founded upon the Christ to whom we believe.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston“Jesus established that He is God by the divine names and His deity through the miracles He made.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.Bible Verses Mentioned:Acts 11:261 John 2:23 2 John 1:19Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
034 We Are On A Break

034 We Are On A Break

2020-11-0801:23

Kitchen Table Theology is taking a two week break as we end Season One.  We will be back on Sunday, November 22nd with Season Two.  We will begin with an episode on the Deity of Christ. See you then!Visit jeffcranston.com for more resources and to listen to past podcast episodes.  
Podcast: Kitchen Table TheologyPodcast Series: God’s Amazing AttributesEpisode Number: 033Episode Name: Bonus – New Testament Quiz Part TwoEpisode Length: 17:27Episode Download Link: Click here to download episode. Host: Jeff CranstonCo Host: Jen Denton Episode SummaryBonus Episode! We are ending Season One on Kitchen Table Theology with the second part of our New Testament Quiz. Hope you can have a little fun in this episode and test your New Testament knowledge. We would love to know how you do!  Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
Podcast: Kitchen Table TheologyPodcast Series: God’s Amazing AttributesEpisode Number: 032Episode Name: Bonus – New Testament Quiz Part OneEpisode Length: 16:43Episode Download Link: Click here to download episode. Host: Jeff CranstonCo Host: Jen Denton Episode SummaryBonus Episode! As we begin to wrap up Season One on Kitchen Table Theology, we are having a little fun in this episode with a New Testament Quiz. Let’s test your New Testament knowledge. We would love to know how you do!  Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
031 Q&A Part Two

031 Q&A Part Two

2020-10-1819:36

Podcast: Kitchen Table TheologyPodcast Series: God’s Amazing AttributesEpisode Number: 031Episode Name: Q&A Part TwoEpisode Length: 19:36Episode Download Link: Click here to download episode. Host: Jeff CranstonCo Host: Jen Denton Episode SummaryIn Part Two of this series’ Q&A episode, Pastor Jeff tackles a few more questions submitted by our KTT listeners.Topics We Discussed in this Episode●     [2:01]      How did Satan go from favored angel to fallen angel? Did God change His mind regarding Satan; did God stop loving him?●     [10:03]      Jesus has no love for Satan, has resisted and defeated him, and has predicted his future demise in hell. God is love, but He is also holy and just.●     [10:50]      How do we know confidently that God hears our prayers? Especially if one is unsure of their assurance of salvation? Bible Verses We Mentioned in the Show●     Isaiah 14:12-14, 15●     Ezekiel 28:12-18●     Job 38:4-7●     Genesis 3:1-14●     Job 1:6-7●     John 8:44●     Luke 8:12●     Matthew 4, Luke 4●     Colossians 2:15●     Revelation 20:10●     Psalm 139:1-4●     Isaiah 46:9-11●     Isaiah 1:15, Proverbs 28:9, James 4:3●     1 John 5:14●     Mark 11:24 Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
030 Q&A Part One

030 Q&A Part One

2020-10-1121:34

Podcast: Kitchen Table TheologyPodcast Series: Bonus EpisodeEpisode Number: 030Episode Name: God’s Amazing Attributes Q&A Part 1Episode Length: 21:34Episode Download Link: Click here to download episode. Host: Jeff CranstonCo Host: Jen Denton Episode SummaryIn this episode, Pastor Jeff tackles three questions that were submitted during the Attributes of God series. Thank you for sending in your questions! If you have any questions, please e-mail them to pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org and we will do our best to answer them in the next Q&A episode.Topics We Discussed in this Episode●     [3:12]     Did Jesus, the eternal Son, have a physical body before He came to earth as an infant in the incarnation?●     [8:02]     Philosophically, God must be a spirit in order to be infinite. God is not limited to the dimensional restrictions of created things.  ●     [10:10]     Does God have a different way to punish a nation today than in times before Jesus came to save us? Will God send a modern version of Assyria or Babylon to teach us a lesson or have things changed?  ●     [11:00]      The nation of Israel is unique among all other nations for all time as God’s chosen “nation”.●     [14:34]     If we know that God is immutable, why the change from Saturday Sabbath to Sunday?  Bible Verses We Mentioned in the Show●     Genesis 3:8●     Genesis 18●     Isaiah 59:1●     2 Chronicles 16:9●     Matthew 4:4●     Deuteronomy 33:27●     John 1:14●     Philippians 2:5-7●     1 Timothy 3:16●     John 4:24●     Colossians 1:15●     1 Timothy 1:17●     Luke 13:1-5●     Colossians 2:16●     Acts 20:7●     1 Corinthians 16:2 Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
Podcast: Kitchen Table TheologyPodcast Series: Bonus EpisodeEpisode Number: 029Episode Name: Which Translation of the Bible I Prefer Episode Length: 13:58Episode Download Link: Click here to download episode. Host: Jeff Cranston Episode SummaryIn this episode, Pastor Jeff shares which translation of the Bible he prefers to use in his study and the reasons why. Resources We Mentioned in the Show·       Jeff recommended the Keyword Study Bible in the show today.·       Jeff referred to the NASB Study Bible published by Zondervan in the show today. ·       Jeff also uses the Ryrie Study Bible.  Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
Podcast: Kitchen Table TheologyPodcast Series: God’s Amazing AttributesEpisode Number: 028Episode Name: God is Love, Part TwoEpisode Length: 23:36Episode Download Link: Click here to download episode. Host: Jeff CranstonCo Host: Jen Denton Episode SummaryIf God loves all people, then why do we read in the Bible that God hated people? This is a theologically difficult topic, but one that we want to address here on Kitchen Table Theology. There are Scripture verses that tell us that God “hated”; how do we understand this?Topics We Discussed in this Episode●     [5:45]     God’s nature is love. He always does what is best for others. He also hates what is contrary to His nature; His hates what is contrary to love.       ●     [7:20]     Sometimes, our understanding of an English word, and the variety of meanings and nuances we may be thinking of for that word, is not necessarily what the biblical writer means by the word.   ●     [9:44]     The word “hate” biblically (in the Old Testament) means not giving special privilege or special protection to a specific group of people. ●     [12:12]     It is not a contradiction for God to be able to love and hate.    ●     [17:16]     None of us can love with a perfect love, nor can we hate with a perfect hatred. But God can both love and hate perfectly, because He is God. God can hate without sinful intent. Recommended Resources●      Jeff recommends “The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God” by D.A. Carson for more on this topic.Bible Verses We Mentioned in the Show●     Hosea 9:15●     Malachi 1:2-3●     1 John 4:8●     Deuteronomy 12:31; 16:22●     Leviticus 20:1-23●     Proverbs 6:16-19●     2 Peter 3:9●     Psalm 5:5; 5:10●     Psalm 11:5●     Romans 5:8●     Colossians 1:21; 1:13●     2 Corinthians 5:17Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening!
027 God is Love

027 God is Love

2020-09-2022:50

Podcast: Kitchen Table TheologyPodcast Series: God’s Amazing AttributesEpisode Number: 027Episode Name: God is LoveEpisode Length: 22:50Episode Download Link: Click here to download episode. Host: Jeff CranstonCo Host: Jen Denton Episode SummaryAs we end this series on the attributes of God, we wrap up with a discussion on the Love of God. Love has always existed in the Trinity from eternity past; this shows us that love is an inherent attribute of God and many of His other attributes flow out of this love. How simple yet profound: God is love. We see that not only does the Father love the Son, but the Father loves us so much that He sent His Son, in spite of our inherent sin, to die a sacrificial death to bring us salvation. That is true love. Topics We Discussed in this Episode●     [5:30]      Our word love signifies such a variety of different things that is difficult for us to grasp the meaning in the biblical words used to speak of God’s love. It signifies a love that is persistent, unrelenting, even stubborn, that will not at any cost let its object go. ●     [6:26]      The Old Testament word that most nearly expresses the meaning of agape is “chesed”. It is not translated as love, but rendered rather in a variety of ways that reflect such features of love, like mercy, loving kindness, and goodness. ●     [11:12]      The sense in which God is the Father of all people differs from the sense in which He is the Father of those who have accepted Him as the true and living God and Jesus Christ as His Son and our Savior. ●     [12:38]      God the Father loves us, and Jesus Himself taught us that the Father loves us as much as He loves His Son!●     [15:48]      God shows His love in His benevolence toward all people. His love was manifested on the cross of Calvary. God’s love is manifested in making people His children and bringing us into His family. Bible Verses We Mentioned in the Show●     Matthew 3:17●     John 3:16 (NASB)●     John 17:23 (NASB)●     Matthew 5●     1 John 3:1Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.orgVisit my website jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston.Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it, but applying it. Thanks for listening! 
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