Author: The LS Collective Podcast

EP030 – [Side A] Does God Accept Everyone?

EP030 – [Side A] Does God Accept Everyone?

This episode reflects on a collective event called “Merge” that was held on Wednesday, December 12th. The Fellowship of Christian Students club at L-S High School hosted The LS Collective Podcast for this event to address their theme: Tribe. We decided to answer the question:

Does God accept everyone no matter what?

This question arose when we surveyed close to 100 students with broad questions about our faith. We quickly realized that a prominent idea throughout their answers was that God accepts everyone no matter what. While that sounds good, and maybe even theologically correct, the descriptions on the surveys were more universalistic in nature [this is the idea that everyone will eventually be accepted by God]. We felt that this universalist mindset is possibly a root cause of spiritual apathy among students in the faith. The logic is this: “Why would we need to tell others about Jesus if they’re going to be okay anyway?” Is this true? Absolutely not! This question misses a core biblical teaching which says that every single person (who is not Jesus) is not good enough on their own to be okay with God. Therefore, all followers of Jesus are to share their faith. We’re commanded to do so.

And, we’re not alone.

Christians from different denominations and backgrounds can work together for the Cause of Christ. That is the foundational idea that’s behind The LS Collective Podcast. We believe that, as Christians, we need to take unity in the Big “C” Church seriously. During Merge, we had ten local churches from eight different denominations represented! Dr. Jim Ayers of Lancaster Bible College put it well on our Instagram when he said, “Love to see this partnership!” And that’s exactly it. We are partners together in Christ. Local churches need to be reminded that we are not in competition with one another. Nowhere in Scripture does it say that we will each get our own fenced off corner of heaven according to our denominations – actually, that’s really bad theology on multiple levels! So, the Merge event, and the follow up podcast episode was to encourage students to think outside of their own church-box and to realize that they are part of a larger Tribe that wholeheartedly seeks to follow Jesus and spread His message.

We’re hoping to be hosted for another Merge event before the school year is over! If you are in our local Lancaster PA area and your school would like to host us for a Merge event, please contact us via email: lscollectivepodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for supporting our collective effort! We hope that you have a merry Christmas and we will see you in 2019!

EP029 – The Story of the Bible

EP029 – The Story of the Bible

Before I began this article, I opened my Bible to the last page of Scripture and found that it ends on page 1,196. That’s a big book! And yet while the Bible is made up of many books (66), it comprises one unified story:

This is a story about a relationship that was broken between God and humanity, then relentlessly and recklessly pursued to be restored by God.

So, could this story be told in under 15 minutes? The LS Collective Podcast attempted this task with their most recent podcast episode, The Story of the Bible. Obviously not everything could be covered, but you will get a sense of the overarching story that flows through the texts.

Does it matter that we know the larger narrative? It certainly helps! I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us are used to only reading certain parts or chapters at a time and therefore we miss out on the big picture of what God is doing through the text. You will notice that the first three quarters of this episode is explaining the Old Testament (OT). That’s because three quarters of our Bible is the OT! My guess is that most of us Bible readers are less comfortable with the OT than we are with the New Testament (NT). And yet, we would be hard-pressed to find a NT verse that is not in some way influenced by the OT.

So, it’s our hope that this episode will not only help you understand the Bible and it’s overarching narrative, but also your walk with Jesus as you begin or continue to get to know Jesus. Feel free to use The Story of the Bible Chart for your own purposes. Thanks for listening and please share if you felt this episode was helpful!

The Story of the Bible Chart

*Music credit goes to the YouTube Channel Free Vibes – Non Copyrighted Music

EP028 – What Do People Actually Believe?

EP028 – What Do People Actually Believe?

This is the question that a recent 2018 Ligonier Ministries video addressed. Ligonier interviewed random people on the street and asked questions about God, the Bible, the afterlife and whether or not humans are naturally sinful. This video is just a small snapshot of their massive 2018 survey that they call, The State of Theology. We decided to transcribe this video and really dive into the thoughts that were being presented. We recommend that you watch this two minute video before you listen to Episode 28. We’ve also provided our transcription so that you can better follow along during our discussion. Thanks for listening!

Ligonier Ministry Video Transcription

EP027 – What about Slavery in the Bible?

EP027 – What about Slavery in the Bible?

The guys tackle a question from one of their students this week: What about slavery in the Bible? It’s a valid question that many believers and non-believers ask!

EP026 – What’s Our Mission?

EP026 – What’s Our Mission?

Eric and Chris talk about their recent mission trips from this summer, and the guys talk about what a Christians’ mission is and why we are to go and help others. Check out those machetes that Chris is wielding!

*This episode features the 2018 Lampeter-Strasburg Marching Band Drumline to get us pumped up!

EP025 – Why Do Good and Bad Things Happen?

EP025 – Why Do Good and Bad Things Happen?

We pulled two questions out of our “Rando Box” for this one:

  • I have so much and others have so little… why am I deserving of these blessings?
  • What did “Bob” do to deserve this?

 

EP024 – Love, Dating, Marriage & Being Single

EP024 – Love, Dating, Marriage & Being Single

In this episode we talk about the biblical approach to relationships. This was a topic submitted by one of our students! If you have a topic or question just send us an email, lscollectivepodcast@gmail.com

EP023 – Overcoming Laziness

EP023 – Overcoming Laziness

Hey let’s be real, laziness is something all of us deal with. So what does God think about laziness? Is it really a big deal? And if so, how do I overcome it? Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Thanks for listening

EP022[Live] – Dealing with Doubts

EP022[Live] – Dealing with Doubts

This is our first LIVE podcast. We got together for one night of combined student ministry, which we call “Merge,” and talked about what to do with doubt and how it can play a role in our walk with God.