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Jeff McSwain: Everyone Belongs, Whether They Know It or Not

Jeff McSwain

Jeff McSwain: Everyone Belongs, Whether They Know It or Not

Jeff McSwain describes the goal of Reality Ministries - to help adolescents understand that they belong.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Jeff said that we are included in what Christ is doing and that he is for us. How is this so?

2. How does inclusion (our belonging to Christ) transcend the Calvinist/Arminian debate?

3. Why do you think the gospel is so often presented as something other than good news?

4. Even though everyone is included in Christ, why is it important that each person come to know it?

5. “Satan has twisted our concept of reality, giving it a negative connotation.” Your thoughts? 

6. What is your impression of sin being described as “bucking reality”?

7. How can we make Christ the center of our lives when he is already the center of everything?

8. Trusting God’s love was likened to becoming “real persons” in Christ. Please comment.   

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Today we’re talking with Jeff McSwain, founder and Executive Director of Reality Ministries of Durham, North Carolina. Jeff earned his Master’s degree in theology; he studied with Alan and J.B. Torrance at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews. His passion is to combine sound theological teaching with the everyday practice of youth ministry.

Jeff, it’s good to have you here.

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Jeff McSwain: Reading the Bible With Jesus as the Guide

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Jeff McSwain: Reading the Bible With Jesus as the Guide

We all bring a personal persuasion to our interpretation of Scripture, so it's important for us to read the Bible through a Christ-centered lens.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Why should we speak of both the Holy Scriptures and Jesus Christ as the Word of God?

2. How do you understand “Jesus Christ is the visible expression of the invisible God?”

3. What are some of the pitfalls in the attitude, “Don’t give me any theology, just the Bible”?

4. Please share your thoughts on the so-called “literal” view of Scripture.

5. How are figures of speech (for example, metaphor and hyperbole) important to biblical understanding?

6. Why is humility and repentance important in biblical interpretation?

7. Why is it important to read Scripture through holistic and incarnational lenses?

8. What was meant by Christ being the key to interpreting all of Scripture?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian Theology. Today we’re talking with Jeff McSwain, Founder and Executive Director of Reality Ministries of Durham, North Carolina. Jeff earned his Master’s Degree in theology studying with Alan and J.B. Torrance in Scotland’s University of St. Andrews. His passion is to combine sound theological teaching with the everyday practice of youth ministry.

Jeff, thanks for being here.

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Jeff McSwain: Are We Sinners, or Saints?

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Jeff McSwain: Are We Sinners, or Saints?

If we are a new creation, why do we still have old habits? Jeff McSwain talks about sanctification, and how Christ transforms us.

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For an edited transcript of all six of our interviews with Jeff McSwain, click here.

Group Study Guide

Overview

As Christians, we struggle with the fact that, though we are new creations in Christ, we still sin. In Jesus Christ we have a perspective that will help us deal with that struggle. Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us and in doing so, he was simultaneously God and sin. Our deepest reality, that we are already adopted children of God, frees us to live in God’s tremendous grace, admitting our sin and motivated to do good works. Further, seeing the deepest reality of other sinners, that they are also children of God, now gives us the correct base from which to deal with them.

Discussion

  1. Have you ever felt the struggle between being a new creation in Christ and a sinner?
  2.  Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. According to this passage, how many people are implicated in the death and resurrection of Christ?
  3. Jeff McSwain said that Jesus being 100% God became 100% sin “leaving nothing untouched, with no residue of sin that was not touched.” Discuss what that means.
  4. In what way are we children of God?
  5. What percentage “there” are we as adopted children of God?
  6. In 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, what does it mean that from now on we look at no one from a human point of view?
  7. With 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 in mind, what does it mean to look at other human beings from a Christ-centered perspective?
  8. God never says “Yes” to sin. How is it we can say that?
  9. What does it mean that there is an accountability to grace?
  10. Karl Barth said that God’s “No” to us exists inside of his larger “Yes” to us. What does that tell you about God?
  11. Why should we focus on the “already” rather than the “not yet” in the concept of our “already but not yet” inclusion in God’s family?
  12. For you, what was the most meaningful part of Jeff McSwain’s interview?


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J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Our guest today is Jeff McSwain, founder of Reality Ministries of Durham, North Carolina. Jeff earned his Master of Theology degree studying with Alan and J. B. Torrance at St. Andrews University in Scotland. His passion is to combine sound theological teaching with the everyday practice of youth ministry.

Jeff, thanks for joining us.

Jeff McSwain: Great to be here, Mike. Thank you.

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Jeff McSwain: Calvinism, Arminianism, and Karl Barth

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Jeff McSwain: Calvinism, Arminianism, and Karl Barth

In his third interview, Jeff McSwain explains the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism, and the Reformed view of Karl Barth.

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For an edited transcript of all six of our interviews with Jeff McSwain, click here.

J. Michael Feazell: Welcome to You’re Included – the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. Today we’re talking with Jeff McSwain, founder of Reality Ministries of Durham, North Carolina. Jeff earned his Masters of Theology degree studying with Allan and JB Torrance at St. Andrews University in Scotland. His passion is to combine sound theological teaching with the everyday practice of youth ministry.

Thanks for joining us, Jeff.

Jeff McSwain: My pleasure, Mike, thanks for having me.

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Jeff McSwain: Helping Youth Experience Christ

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Jeff McSwain: Helping Youth Experience Christ

From his perspective as a youth minister, Jeff McSwain talks about how to help young people experience the loving embrace of Jesus Christ.

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For an edited transcript of all six of our interviews with Jeff McSwain, click here.

JMF: How to help adolescents experience the loving embrace and life-changing reality of Jesus Christ – that’s the mission of Reality Ministries, a youth-focused ministry based in Durham, North Carolina. Reality Ministries founder Jeff McSwain will be talking with us today about the gospel and evangelism in the full light of who is Jesus Christ.

Jeff, it’s a pleasure to have you with us.

JM: My pleasure, thanks for asking me.

JMF: What’s behind the name, Reality Ministries?

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Jeff McSwain: Does Jesus Appease God's Anger?

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Jeff McSwain: Does Jesus Appease God's Anger?

Some people think that the Father is angry, and Christ is appeasing his anger. But the truth is quite different.

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For an edited transcript of all six of our interviews with Jeff McSwain, click here.

JMF: Thanks for joining us on another edition of “You’re Included.” We’re talking with Jeff McSwain, founder of Reality Ministries of Durham, North Carolina.

Jeff, thanks for being with us again. This is our second time together, we didn’t get as far as we wanted the first time so, this gives us another crack at it.

JM: Let’s do it.

JMF: You have a long history of working with youth and you’ve named your ministry Reality Ministries. What’s behind that name?

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