In episode 8, Noah unpacks what the Bible means by "One Flesh" as it relates to sex. Many thing "One Flesh" is talking about what happens when two people get married, but it's what happens when two people have sex. This understanding is a big piece of the puzzle in understanding why we should not objectify people or think that sex is only about body parts.
The mailbag brings a great question about singleness, particularly regarding singles where it doesn't seem like marriage is around the corner. Noah then draws out how to spend daily rhythm time with Jesus, making sure we understand how essential this type of time is in order to quench the desire for sexual sin.
In episode 6, Noah wraps up the 6 episode series that goes through each of the small group videos for the book Beyond the Battle. The "Tools" episode focuses on the need for next steps to take after a group is over. In the mailbag, Noah discusses with men ages 45 to 54 have high rates of suicide.
The fresh-off-the-presses beyondthebattle.net is also unveiled in this episode. Head over to sign up for the online video conference groups that Noah hosts, with the next round starting soon! You can also read testimonials from previous group members and pick up the Beyond the Battle Leader's Guide if you are planning to lead your own group.
In this episode, Noah breaks down the 5th video in the 6th video small group curriculum. The topic is "Embracing Reality" as we look at the perils of living in fantasy. It doesn't matter how good fantasy food looks, you will die of starvation if you try eating it. The mailbag also brings up the question of domestic violence and how porn is used as an escape when marital trouble strikes.
Beyond the Battle author Noah Filipiak breaks down the fourth video in the BTB free small group curriculum, "God's Recipe." This episode discusses how we use Satan's recipe for sex as motivation for Christians to stay sexually pure, and how that just doesn't work. Also, the Beyond the Battle is now available at southfrancispress.com !
Beyond the Battle author Noah Filipiak breaks down the third video in the BTB free small group curriculum, "Objectification: The Dehumanization of Women." This gets us beyond the surface of simply telling ourselves, "Don't lust, it's bad," to retraining our brains to the point we don't even want to lust. We look at Psalm 139 and discover who women really are, rather than the lie our oversexualized culture has taught both men and women to believe.
Beyond the Battle author Noah Filipiak breaks down the second video in the BTB free small group curriculum, "Golden Gods with Golden Hair." The idea of this episode is that men look to women to give them what only God can, which is always (whether that's in porn, fantasy, or even marriage) going to end in disappointment. The same holds true for women looking to this from men. The episode looks at what it is we are truly looking for in relationships and sex, and the only guaranteed way to have that need met. This episode also looks at several Christian purity or marriage books which set marriage up as an idol and cater to our self-seeking sin nature in order to produce short-term results that have long term repercussions.
In the inaugural episode, Noah breaks down the first video of the Beyond the Battle free small group curriculum, "Entitlement is Your Worst Enemy," giving an expanded explanation of the video. He looks at Exodus 19, Romans 2:5, and Matthew 18:21-35 to look at how holy God is and how when we grasp this in balance with his grace, it brings tangible freedom to our struggles with sexual and relational sin.
In this bittersweet episode, the Black & White Theology comes to a close. Noah has taken a new job as a Church Consultant with Covenant Eyes. We close out the podcast by answering the remaining questions in the mailbag. We discuss, "Does God hate people?" like Romans 9 says he hates Esau. We also discuss pornography and sexual sin and if there are differences between the reasons white people and black people struggle with sexual sin based on entitlement.
If you'd like to keep up with Noah and Tyler, you can read Tyler's blog tylerpspeaks.com and subscribe to Noah's sexual purity podcast that he'll be continuing The Beyond the Battle Podcast, or read his blog at noahfilipiak.com
(8/25/18) Episode 8: Perseverance of the Saints & Partnerships Over Planting in African American Communities
Noah and Tyler finish the "TULIP" with Perseverance of the Saints, in which Noah takes some issue with the traditional Reformed view. From the mailbag, we discuss if planting or partnering with existing African American churches is best in African American communities.