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Our mission is to make and send disciples equipping them to become more like Christ and to see, champion, and bring forth the kingdom of God in every area of culture.

Providence Church


    • Nov 24, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    118 - Why Christians Should Practice Advent

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 29:30

    Every year leading up to Christmas, Providence observes Advent, a season where we learn to both reflect on Jesus' coming to Earth and long for His return. In this week's episode, Madi Shultz, a member in our congregation, and Jake Peterson, one of our co-directors for the college ministry here at Providence, join the Christian Formation Podcast to explore what Advent is, why Christians should observe Advent, and practical ideas of how to observe Advent this Christmas season. Providence is recommending that all its church members and attenders  purchase the Gospel Coalition's Advent guide, "The Weary World Rejoices." It is a guide that we will use to prepare our hearts this season, together. You can purchase yours on the Gospel Coalition's Website: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/weary-world-rejoices/

    117 - The Importance of Global Missions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 28:28

    As Christians, we value overseas missions, but why? Why do we use resources to send people overseas when we have people in our city who are not saved? In this podcast, we head back to episode 74 to revisit the importance of Global Missions in God's sovereign plan. 

    116 - Can I Wear Sweatpants to Church?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 26:00

    Reverence for God is something that we've been talking about a lot around the Providence office. One question that we've asked ourselves is, "Does what we wear on Sunday mornings reflect our reverence for God? Should we be dressing up or does  what we wear really matter?"In this episode, we discuss whether our Sunday morning clothing reflects our reverence for God. Join us as we dive into what reverence means and looks like for us as Christians. 

    115 - Church Denominations—Do They Matter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 31:23

    We see the term "unity" in the Bible, yet, we have so many different church denominations. Why is this and do we need to care about denominations? In this episode, we explore the advantages and pitfalls of church denominations and why it is important to know how your own church's denomination operates.

    114 - Is Practicing Yoga OK for Christians?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 36:55


    With our recent discussion on the Enneagram and whether the origin of an activity should dictate whether or not we participate in that activity, we travel back in time to revisit our discussion on yoga from a year and a half ago.Yoga is prevalent in our culture today but its Hindu roots bring controversy in the church over whether or not we as Christians should be practicing yoga. In this podcast, we explore the history of yoga and look at scripture to see whether yoga is something we as Christians should think twice about before practicing. This is part one of the two-part conversation. Check out episode 40 for the rest of the discussion.***Disclaimer: this is a group of people's experiences and thoughts. This does not represent the thoughts or beliefs of Providence Church, Citylight Church, or Holy Yoga. This conversation exists to have us think more deeply about our daily routines and their impact on us.


    113 - The Enneagram

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 34:57

    We explore the question of, “Should Christians engage in the Enneagram?” With its focus on self and mystical origin, is it OK for Christians to use?We don't have concrete answers on this episode. For some of us, the Enneagram is OK in moderation, so long as our primary identity is in Christ. For others, they might avoid the Enneagram because it can lead to an excessive focus on themselves rather than Christ. And for some, the Enneagram's origin might be a reason for them not to participate. We want you to walk away and ask yourself, “What is the Lord laying on my heart with this topic?”

    112 - A Discussion on Common Grace

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 20:47

    We received a question from one of our congregation members about Common Grace. "What is common grace, where is common grace in the Bible, and how does common grace impact us if we acknowledge it exists?"In this episode, we dive into all of these questions and ask ourselves if Common Grace only applies to non-Christians or to believers as well. This episode asks more questions than provides specific answers, so please email in your thoughts to formation@providenceomaha.org. We would love to dive into this together!

    111 - Is God Disciplining Me?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 21:55

    Throughout our summer in the Psalms series this past year (see episode 99 for more details), we saw the repeated theme of the psalmist suffering because of his own sin. This prompted the question of: "How do we know if we are suffering because of our sin or because of God's discipline?"In this episode, we dive into how we would biblically define God's “discipline,” where we see His discipline in scripture, and the relationship between sin and God's discipline.

    110 - What the Church Needs Today

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 30:49

    “What does the Church need today?”A person in our congregation asked us what the church needs to remember or hold on to in the midst of tension this last year. In this episode, we provide encouragement for our church family to remember the truth of God's word, the comfort of Jesus, the sovereignty of God, and wisdom that comes from God. We also discuss how these how these ideas will help us as we engage with issues in culture and in the church as a whole during difficult times.

    109 - How to Come to Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 24:57

    We wrapped up a 6-part series on the elements of our Sunday gatherings and why it's important to consistently attend a church gathering. We also looked at all of the elements in our Sunday gathering and explained the meaning behind them (check out episodes 103–108 to hear more). In this episode, we take a step back and talk about how we should prepare our minds before we step into the church building so that we can better hear from the Lord and commune with the family of God each Sunday.

    108 - Doxology and Benediction

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 24:02

    "Praise God from whom all blessings flow..." The Doxology has been sung for thousands of years and is one of the elements we have at the end of our Sunday gatherings. For our final episode on our Sunday Liturgy series, we dive into why we sing the Doxology and end with a Benediction every gathering. 

    106 - Meet and Greet, Vision, Prayer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 29:15

    We continue our Sunday Liturgy series discussing the Meet & Greet, the Vision & Values (also called announcements in some churches), and Prayer during our Sunday gatherings. Join us as we share the value in meeting the person sitting next to you, the change in language when we talk about "announcements," and the value of prayer in every church gathering.

    105 - Why the Church Sings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 38:52

    We see throughout the Bible that worship—musical worship—is an integral part of worshiping God. It almost seems if we were created to sing. In this podcast, we look at why the church today sings and how songs are chosen for a Sunday gathering.

    104 - Call to Worship, Confession, and Profession of Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 26:59

    Is the Call to Worship us calling ourselves to worship or responding to God? Why do we confess sin aloud in our Sunday gatherings? Why is it important to profess our faith during a Sunday when their are non believers in the room? Join us as we continue our series on Sunday Liturgy, with this second episode focusing on the call to worship, confession, and profession of faith elements in our Sunday gatherings.

    103 - Why Sundays Matter for the Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 41:03

    Many of us attend a Sunday church gathering without knowing the significant impact it has on our lives. In this episode, Andrew, Ravyn, and Steve discuss why Sundays matter in the life of a Christian.

    102 - Season 5 Intro, we're back!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 28:08

    We are back for our 5th season! In this episode, Andrew and Ravyn give a personal recap of what happened this summer and then dive into an overview of the podcast's upcoming series: Sunday Liturgy.

    101 - Q & A Over the Doctrines of Grace

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 30:09

    For our final episode in our Doctrines of Grace (also known as Calvinism) series, we answer questions that YOU submitted. Join us as we discuss whether we are "forced" to love God and why it matters that we understand the theology behind our salvation. 

    100 - Debated Passages in the Doctrines of Grace Conversation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 36:45

    The Doctrines of Grace series is our longest series on the Christian Formation Podcast. This second-to-last episode in the series highlights two key passages that are highly debated in the doctrines of grace conversation. Join us as we dive into these passages and explain how they are used against the Doctrines of Grace and how we would respond in favor of the Doctrines of Grace.

    099 - The Necessity of the Psalms (with Dr. Mark Futato)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 31:45

    The Psalms are filled with rich imagery and a lot of emotion, however, not many of us know the true depth of how valuable the Psalms really are in shaping our view of God and our prayer lives.In this episode, we discuss the background of the Psalms, why it is important for Christians to read the Psalms, and how reading the Psalms can shape our prayer life and view of God.  We are joined by Dr. Mark Futato, who serves as a professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orland, Florida, and has studied and written books over the Psalms. 

    098 - Perseverance of the Saints

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 39:40

    In this podcast, we discuss how those who are chosen by Christ are covered by His grace to continue to the end, otherwise known as perseverance of the saints. Join us as we discuss the "P" (perseverance of the saints) in the acronym TULIP, which stands for the 5 points in the Doctrines of Grace, or Calvinism.

    097 - Irresistible Grace

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 28:34

    In this podcast, we discuss how those who are chosen by Christ will choose Him no matter what, otherwise known as irresistible grace. Join us as we discuss the "I" (irresistible grace) in the acronym TULIP, which stands for the 5 points in the Doctrines of Grace, or Calvinism.

    096 - Limited Atonement

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 39:06

    "Christ died for all... or did he die for some?" In this podcast, we discuss how Christ’s atonement was intended by God to secure the redemption of the elect alone, otherwise known as limited atonement. Join us as we discuss the "L" (limited atonement) in the acronym TULIP, which stands for the 5 points in the Doctrines of Grace, or Calvinism.

    095 - Unconditional Election

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 35:46

    The question isn't whether God has an elect, it how the elect is chosen. Join us as we discuss the "U" (unconditional election) in the acronym TULIP, which stands for the 5 points in the Doctrines of Grace, or Calvinism.

    094 - Total Depravity

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 17:33

    Don't let the title "Total Depravity" scare you away. In this episode, Andrew and Ravyn discuss the "T" in the acronym TULIP, which stands for the 5 points in the Doctrines of Grace, or Calvinism. Join us as we discuss how we are dead in our sins and utterly unable to choose God without Him first choosing us.

    093 - Doctrines of Grace / Calvinism

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 31:07

    In this episode, we discuss the Doctrines of Grace, otherwise known as Calvinism or Reformed Theology. Join us as we talk about what the Doctrines of Grace are and how they highlight God's glory in the process of salvation.

    092 - Battling Anxiety

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 35:31

    In this episode, we discuss the topic of anxiety, how God meets us in our darkest moments, and coping strategies for those who are struggling with anxiety. We are joined by Wendell Nelson, the spiritual formation director at Christ Community Church.

    091 - The Wisdom Pyramid and the Importance of Reading

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 32:18


    What we “feed on” in our lives is what comes out in other areas of our lives. What is it that you depend on each day? What is at the bottom of your wisdom pyramid? Is it social media? Pills? Alcohol? Or is it the word of God? Join us as we discuss books we are reading, with a small focus on how to feed our souls in a post-truth world AND how to love others during it. In this episode, we highlight two different books we are currently reading for the spring of 2021. If you are interested in these books, check them out online: The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World by Brett McCracken and Everybody Always by Bob Goff. 


    090 - Believer's Baptism (with Bobby Jamieson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 38:02

    Last week on the podcast, we discussed infant baptism. On this week's episode, we examine the view that we hold to at Providence Church, called credobaptism, also known as believer's baptism. We are joined by Bobby Jamieson, who is a pastor in Washington, D.C. and has written a number of books and articles specifically related to baptism, to help us think through this topic.Check out this conversation to find out more about our stance on baptism. Also, if you're interested in baptism and its importance to our involvement in the local church, check out Bobby's book, Going Public. If you have any thoughts or questions on this topic, email us at formation@providenceomaha.org.

    089 - Infant Baptism

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 34:27

    We are doing a two part series where we feature two distinct views of baptism: infant baptism (paedobaptism) and believer's baptism (credobaptism). On this episode, we are joined by Kyle McClellan from Grace Church in Fremont, Nebraska, to talk about infant baptism and some of the thoughts and beliefs behind infant baptism.

    088 - Cultural Christianity

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 31:44

    In our world today, many struggle with cultural Christianity, or idea that the Christian faith can be supported, founded on, and backed by cultural values and beliefs. In this episode, we argue that culture does not get to redefine Christianity and describe the danger in letting cultural Christianity rule our lives.For a link to The Guardian article, click here.

    087 - Christianity and Community Service

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 34:27

    In this episode, we explore community service as it relates to our Christian faith.

    086 - Joy in Suffering

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 26:59

    One of our pastors, Andrew, had a seizure this past year, which contributed to hardship for both himself and his family. In spite of all that happened and continues to happen, the Lord has given them joy amidst the suffering. In this episode, Andrew and Bailey talk about how to have and what it looks like to have joy in the midst of suffering.

    085 - Faith in Suffering

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 39:22

    One of our pastors, Andrew, and his wife, Bailey, have been through a challenging, if not the most challenging, year of their entire lives. On the Christian Formation Podcast, Andrew and Bailey talk about faith in the midst of suffering as they share their experiences from this past year.

    084 - Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 21:30

    In our modern world today, it can be easy for us to remember what Jesus Christ has done for us, but how often do we focus on who He is and his character? In this podcast, we dive into the book, Gentle & Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund to discuss Jesus’ heart for His people.

    083 - Why We Engage in Musical Worship

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 21:47

    We sing songs on every Sunday, but why? What does musical worship do for our hearts and souls? In this podcast, we explore musical worship and why it is an important witness for the congregation to sing.

    082 - How to Share the Gospel

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 25:52

    The saving grace of Jesus Christ is the best news we have ever received, and yet, we can feel shy or awkward when sharing this life-saving truth. In this podcast, we recap our evangelism training and highlight best practices in how to share the gospel with others no matter the conversation.

    081 - Marriage: Understanding our Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 27:44

    Our guest speaker for our 2021 marriage conference, Dusty White, explains why it is important for couples to recognize their unique stores as they come together in marriage. This is a perfect snapshot of some good TRUTHS that we will walk away with after our upcoming marriage conference. If you want to sign up for the 2021 February marriage conference, head to our website at providenceomaha.org.

    080 - Living Missionally

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 23:02

    Living missionally IS NOT an option. It is a command from Jesus. JOIN US on this podcast as Jared and Jourdan describe what it means to “live on mission” and how our church wants to “co-labor” with God in making and sending disciples.

    The Church Responds to the Bible-In-A-Year Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 23:02

    We spent the past year reading through the ENTIRE Bible! On this episode, we listen to stories from our church family about how God impacted them through reading the Bible in one year.

    078 - Giving Financially in Hard Times

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 24:16

    December of 2020 not only is it the season of financial asks and donations, but it is also in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken many jobs and changed life situations. In this podcast, we address questions like, "What does it look like to give generously in hard times?" and "Do I need financially give or is giving of my time enough?" Join us as we look at our call as Christians when it comes to giving financially and generously no matter the life situation.

    077 - Why should I "belong" to a church family?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 28:55

    In today's day and age, the idea of "belonging," or fully committing to something, can sometimes seem obsolete. We can pick up our phones and immediately play a song on Spotify or find people online who validate our thoughts. Jobs can exist for seasons and old clothes can be thrown out for new ones. So, how does our consumerism bleed into the church? In this podcast, we discuss possible reasons why we avoid commitment to a church family, the biblical call to BELONG and commit to a church family, and the blessing we receive when we do commit.

    076 - Advent Explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 38:29

    Advent is celebrated in churches around the world for centuries, but a lot of us have no idea why it’s actually important or what the consequences would be if didn’t have it. In this podcast, we travel back in time to re-listen to one of our previous podcasts over Advent to prepare our hearts this season.

    075 - Living as a Missionary Family in Thailand

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 32:10

    In this episode, we travel to Kansas City to interview the Thaos, our missionary friends who are on home assignment from their work in Bangkok, Thailand. They share stories of how God called them to missions and what it is like living as a missionary family overseas.

    073 - Godly Leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 30:06

    Leaders shape and mold our day to day lives. In this podcast, we discuss how godly leadership impacts us each day and what it looks like to be a godly leader.

    074 - Enduring Icy Winters While Radiating Global Outreach

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 28:48

    As Christians, we value overseas missions, but why? Why do we use resources to send people overseas when we have people in our city who are not saved? In this podcast, we discuss the importance of Global Missions in God's sovereign plan.

    072 - Our Hearts After the Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 23:18

    The election is still happening... but what about when it's over? Then what? In this podcast, we highlight three responses that we as Christians can have to shape our hearts no matter our feelings over the election’s outcome.

    071 - Changing Your Voting Lens

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2020 26:18

    The 2020 election is just around the corner, but how do we as Christians vote? Through what lens should we view the voting process? In this podcast, we explore what a Christian's posture should look like toward politics during this time.

    070 - Reaction to The Social Dilemma Documentary

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2020 38:27

    The Netflix documentary-drama hybrid, "The Social Dilemma," has sparked conversation around whether social media is detrimental to humankind. Join us as we discuss social media's impact on our lives and dissect some of the arguments made in this film.

    069 - Is Jesus Legit?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 19:57


    Is Jesus legit? How do we know that he is really “the King”? Our worship pastor, Steve, wrestled with these questions and stumbled upon Timothy Keller’s book “Jesus The King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God.” In this podcast, we introduce our new worship pastor and then sift through what it means to see Jesus as King and how Timothy Keller answer this question in his book, “Jesus the King.”


    068 - Statement of Faith: Clarifying What We Believe

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2020 31:00

    We look at Providence’s statement of faith and why it is important for church members to know their church’s statement of faith. Questions like, “Do I need to believe in predestination or that God chose me to be in this church?” and “Why does Jesus’ second coming mean that I should live a holy life?” are discussed and answered in this episode.

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