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Specifics for how my Church is Responding to the Crisis

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25
Topics: Church Unity, Polemics, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

Many of you have reached out with questions regarding the specifics for how Pastor Joel’s Church (The Response Church) is responding to the current crisis, as well as the current laws being enforced on churches, especially in the state of California. So in this episode, Pastor Joel shares his church’s testimony of the last couple months.

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Specifics for how my Church is Responding to the Crisis

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25
Topics: Church Unity, Polemics, Church Unity, Polemics, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

Many of you have reached out with questions regarding the specifics for how Pastor Joel’s Church (The Response Church) is responding to the current crisis, as well as the current laws being enforced on churches, especially in the state of California. So in this episode, Pastor Joel shares his church’s testimony of the last couple months.

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Biblical Criteria for Rebelling Against Civil Authorities

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25
Topics: Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Church Unity, Polemics, Church Unity, Polemics, Polemics,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode, Pastor Joel provides clear, biblical criteria for when Christians should rebel against civil authorities. Have your Bibles handy for this episode, as Pastor Joel provides several examples for rebelling against civil authorties from both the Old and New Testament.

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Church is “Essential” & “Unique”

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25
Topics: Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Church Unity, Polemics, Church Unity, Polemics, Polemics, Lord's Supper, Preaching,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

In previous episodes, Pastor Joel has presented arguments for why church (the gathering of the saints) is “essential.” However, in this episode, Pastor Joel attempts to persuade our listeners that the essential nature of the church is also “unique” to the church, and therefore, can be found nowhere else.

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How to Gain Unity through Charity & Persuasion

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:11Hebrews 10:24-25
Topics: Church Unity, Polemics, Church Unity, Polemics, Polemics, Lord's Supper, Preaching, Church Unity, Preaching, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Culture & Politics,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode, Pastor Joel once again addresses the importance of unity. However, charity is not the only method for achieving and preserving unity among believers; the art of persuasion must be used as well.

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Everybody Love Everybody!

Scripture: Romans 14:1-23
Topics: Church Unity, Polemics, Church Unity, Polemics, Polemics, Lord's Supper, Preaching, Church Unity, Preaching, Church Unity, Loving the Saints, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Culture & Politics, Humility,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode, Pastor Joel exegetes Romans 14 (you read that correctly, Romans 14, not Romans 13), and makes a pastoral plea for charity and unity. He also takes a few moments to apologize for moments where he was perhaps too intense in previous episodes.

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DEBUNKING the Best Biblical Argument for Churches NOT Gathering

Scripture: Exodus 20:13Exodus 21:28-29
Topics: Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Culture & Politics, Humility, Sanctity of Life,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode, Pastor Joel briefly recaps a biblical case for churches choosing not to gather until the COVID-19 crisis has completely ended, and then proceeds to explain why he still holds his position: Churches should begin gathering carefully.

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The Best Biblical Argument for Churches NOT Gathering

Scripture: Exodus 20:13Exodus 21:28-29
Topics: Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Culture & Politics, Humility, Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Life,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode, Pastor Joel makes a strong biblical case for churches choosing not to gather until the COVID-19 crisis has completely ended. Many pastors and churches have taken this position, but few have presented a credible argument for this position from the Scripture.

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The Threat To The Body Versus The Threat To The Soul

Scripture: Matthew 22:35-39
Topics: Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of Worship, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Culture & Politics, Humility, Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Life, Wisdom & Discernment, Church Unity, Polemics, Church Unity, Polemics, Polemics, Lord's Supper, Preaching, Church Unity, Preaching, Church Unity, Loving the Saints, Worship,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode, Pastor Joel addresses the biblical principal of “Sphere-Sovereignty,” as it relates to the present crisis of COVID-19. Both the civil-state and the church are ministers of God with their own respective “tasks” and “tools.” The question at hand is, “Which ‘minister’ possesses greater jurisdiction in this matter?”

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Love Thy Neighbor

Scripture: Matthew 22:35-39
Topics: Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of Worship, Doctrine of Worship, Church Unity, Polemics, Church Unity, Polemics, Polemics, Lord's Supper, Preaching, Church Unity, Preaching, Church Unity, Loving the Saints, Worship, Lord's Supper, Loving the Saints, Worship, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Culture & Politics, Humility, Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Life, Wisdom & Discernment, Sanctity of Life,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the second greatest commandment, “love thy neighbor as thyself,” is being frequently applied as the biblical backing for why churches should not gather during this season. However, in this episode, Pastor Joel provides an in-depth study on the second greatest commandment in order to discover whether or not it is actually being applied …

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Submission to the Civil Authorities

Scripture: Romans 13:1-7
Topics: Church Unity, Polemics, Church Unity, Polemics, Polemics, Lord's Supper, Preaching, Church Unity, Preaching, Church Unity, Loving the Saints, Worship, Lord's Supper, Loving the Saints, Worship, Church Polity, Lord's Supper, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Sanctity of Life, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Culture & Politics, Humility, Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Life, Sanctity of Life, Wisdom & Discernment, Sanctity of Life, Culture & Politics, Submission to Authority, Doctrine of Sanctification, Doctrine of Worship, Doctrine of Worship, Doctrine of Worship,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

Many pastors in our nation have perhaps misapplied the teaching of Romans 13 to the present crisis that the church now faces due to the social restrictions of COVID-19. In this episode, Pastor Joel provides a thorough exegesis of Romans 13, and charitably pushes back on the way it is currently being applied.