Six steps toward a finding a podcast that results in the growth of your faith
(from 2 Corinthians 2:1-5)
by: Matt Carver
1) “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom.”
Too many people have excellent speech and appear to have a lot of wisdom on podcasts of our day. It’s time to lose the educational posturing, lose the man created arguments that display evidence of prior agendas, lose the clever comebacks and intellectual trash talk. Instead we must look for prophets of God, hearing his voice and speaking his wisdom into our social situations.
2) “declaring to you the testimony of God.”
No more self-exaltation. No more testimonies of how great men are, whether themselves or others. No more flattery. God has a testimony and it needs to be heard, let’s tell his story and maybe it will apply to some of the stuff we’re going through today.
3) “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
People know too much, we lean too much on reasoning. Often podcaster’s attempt to know a lot leads them to know a lot of unimportant things. In God’s counsel there is actually only one important thing upon which every bit of truth finds its foundation. Know it. Talk about it. Apply it to everything.
4) “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.”
Make sure they don’t look confident, or you’ll put too much faith in them. They must have a trembling fearful look that says, “I could be wrong, I’m just seeking the truth to the best of my ability, we are pursuing and discovering of the mind of Christ together.” Humility is the key.
5) “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom…”
Make sure they’re unpersuasive as far as techniques go. Being able to use illustrations, eloquence, knowledge, examples, stats, facts, jokes, personality, etc. Lies are accompanied with extra fireworks because they are lies. People that tell the truth in love don’t need fireworks.
6) “…but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
They must do whatever they can to ensure that people see that they are speaking and acting and working in response to a power that it is supernatural, coming from outside of them, so that God gets all the credit.
You might be hard pressed to find a podcaster with all of these characteristics, but if you do, be assured that your faith will grow instead of become emptied by the podcasts you listen to.