When our guests met, one was an alcoholic atheist reeling from the backlash of a failed music career. Through their unlikely friendship, the other’s life demonstrated the love of Christ in a way that shattered his friend's misconceptions of Christianity, ultimately leading him down the path to a dramatic conversion. The two are now close as brothers, choosing to be next-door neighbors and ripping out the fence between their homes as a testament to the power of the gospel to break down barriers and unite people together in Christ. Join us today to discover how building relationships, sacrificing for the good of others and drawing near in times of need can lead to powerful transformation. Learn to see how God works in the everyday lives of those who love him.
Can God really see beyond a person's failures? Every believer occasionally struggles with doubt over their salvation. These feelings are more than discouraging; they underestimate Christ's complete sacrifice for sin. To fight the unrelenting guilt, believers need to meditate on every facet of Jesus's atonement. Clearly defining penal substitution, our pastor/teacher guest will explain twelve things God does with believers' sin--including forgiving it, passing over it, and trampling it underfoot--as well as three things God never does, such as counting sins against believers. Contrasting a Christian's "eternal union" with God, which is certain, with "experiential communion," which can be disrupted by sin, he will help us find the freedom to love and serve God with a purified conscience.
Walker Hayes is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter originally from Mobile, Alabama, signed to Monument Records. Throughout his career, he has released multi-Platinum singles "Fancy Like" and "You Broke Up With Me," performed on national television with Good Morning America, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The TODAY Show, and has been written about in the LA Times, Esquire, Billboard and Rolling Stone. His single "Craig" -- a song about a neighbor who reached out to Hayes in a time of need -- was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2018 AIMP Nashville Awards and prompted Hayes to start the Be a Craig Fund to help other families during their own times of need.
Craig Cooper served as one of the founding pastors of Redeeming Grace Church in Franklin, Tennessee. He is a gifted storyteller and Bible teacher. For over twenty years, he has spoken at numerous churches, men's retreats, college campuses, and various gatherings. He has traveled across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia with a desire to see and serve the world. An encourager at heart, Craig's passion is to help people perceive the gifts of God in their lives and deploy them for Jesus' glory.
Dr. Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries. He has spent more than four decades in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He was previously a visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004.